The Orthodox blogosphere has exploded in the past few years. We can find a plethora of talented Orthodox writers sharing their faith via posts on their blogs and resources they share with us. There are many different categories of Orthodox writers available to all of us for browsing and gaining insight but this time around I’d like to share some blog addresses of some phenomenal mommy bloggers with all of you.
Mommy bloggers open virtual doors to their homes through their blogs and warmly welcome us to join them to sit and visit with them. With so much distance often between all of us, it’s a joy and a blessing to be able to freely travel from one friend’s home to the next. Just as we would offer coffee, tea, and food to all the guests who come into our homes to see us, oftentimes these mommy bloggers will offer resources to all of us as a thank you for stopping by to visit. These resources were developed for their own needs and family and they so lovingly shared them with all of us as well. I think it’s important to remember that these blogs are an extension of the writer’s home and heart. They share their thoughts, struggles, triumphs, inspiration, and the projects going on in their lives with us and nothing less than respect, love, and gratitude should be shared with them in return.
When they share a resource with us – it’s a gift from them. We need to be careful not to expect an ongoing gift from this person just because they’ve been so generous in the past. I think it’s more important to realize that it would be a great idea on our part to share a supporting and kind word with them when something happens in their lives that inhibits them from visiting with us via their posts and not be despondent when their gifts to us are no longer available. This is the time for us to shine as an Orthodox community and reach out with love and support to help our friend in a time of need whether that’s by sending them an encouraging note or peacefully letting them rest as they regain strength!
I know from experience, especially through my own personal blog, that sharing from your heart can be a bit scary sometimes. You leave yourself vulnerable and exposed. It doesn’t matter how masked you write the post, you’re still showing a extremely personal side of yourself and leave yourself open to the risks of sharing that side of your life with others.
The following blogs are written by Orthodox moms. Over the years, I’ve seen these blogs pop up again and again as I’m reading across the Internet – on facebook, Pinterest, links in other blogs, or as I search the Internet looking for something myself. This list is not complete. I wouldn’t be able to list off every single Orthodox mom who blogs but I hope these blogs are a catalyst for you to begin visiting more of these blogs and join the community of friends who gather together through them and thus seek each other out in other platforms as well. Many of us have even made efforts to meet these friends in person as we travel and look forward to the day we can meet others over a cup of coffee sitting side by side.
- A beloved friend of mine, Katherine Johnson, has just returned to the Orthodox blogosphere. You can find her blogging here and here.
- About a year ago, I read Annalisa Boyd’s book, Special Agent’s of Christ. Her book reached out and grabbed me in a way I’ve never had before with a book. I wasn’t even finished with it before I was looking up who this author was and why I was so drawn to her. It turns out we have a lot in common and her experience with caring for foster children was what was speaking to me so loudly. An instant and supportive friendship emerged from an email I sent to her! You can find her blogging here.
- Matushka Anna’s blog, Lost Innocents, was a huge help to me when I was coping with multiple miscarriages. You can find her blogging here.
- Not long ago, I was blessed with talking to Sylvia for the first time as we prepared to participate in a webinar together. It was as if I was talking to a friend after not seeing each other for a long time! She shares an abundance of resources and stories on her blog here and here.
- My life will never be the same after meeting Melinda last summer at the Clergy-Laity conference in Arizona. It was through her invitation to guest write on her personal blog that a friendship was born and would later be the reason Illumination Learning would become a ministry of OCN. Melinda is a remarkable woman who can find connections between two people in a room. I watched her work her magic at the conference last summer. She is nothing less than impressive! You can see the fruits of her labors on the OCN blog, The Sounding, as she has gathered together a diverse group of Orthodox writers to guest post on The Sounding.
- Michelle is a friend who I’ve found lives fairly close to me and I hope to meet her in the near future. You can find her blogging here.
- I’ve worked with Molly in the past when Illumination Learning hosted their very first webinar. You can find her blogging here.
These are but a few of the Orthodox mommy bloggers out there who are sharing how they live their faith in their everyday lives. I encourage you to visit their blogs and join the community of friends who have emerged from these blogs.
Please share with us blog addresses of other Orthodox moms AND dads below!